has anybody built a "Surprise"
( is this two different boats-surprise and big surprise??)
i would like to start one this winter. any feedback would be awesome
--- In AtkinBoats@yahoogroups.com, "Dennis" <pseudodion@...> wrote:
> Rob, Surprise might look pretty good built as an open boat and the
> motor left at home. If a Sharpie was suitable for these waters around
> here, I could out run the storm, just like Capt Munroe.:-) I have
> only had to outrun one storm in the 5 years I have been sailing here.
> Unfortunately, that system sucked all the wind out of the air and
> caused me to row two miles to the ramp before the devil broke loose.
> Barely made it, too:-O. A motor would have been nice on that day.
> --- In AtkinBoats@yahoogroups.com, Rob Rohde-Szudy
> <robrohdeszudy@> wrote:
> > Hey Dennis,
> > Roger is exactly right that L Michigan is rougher than the ocean.
> It's only like 500' deep at the most. That's under half the length of
> many of the freighters on it! Shallow water means vertical chop.
> > The suggestion of a Chebbaco is a good one. They're rather heavy,
> though. For taking on that kind of water and still trailer well, I
> think you could do no better than a Michalak Caprice. 900 lbs empty,
> water ballasted. Chuck Leinweber of DiwckworksMagazine.com built the
> prototype. It looks to me like a good match for L. Michigan. At least
> as good as you can get while trailering. You can read about Chuck's
> adventures on the above site.
> > Now, if you're stuck on building an Atkin design, I'd consider
> Big Surprise. A sailboat, but if the horizon starts looking dark you
> can jump up on plane and run for it at 18 mph. That's a damned nice
> feature. 'Course you have to build it in lapstrake.
> > --Rob